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Photos: Roy Cloud’s Western Musical Keeps Theater Rollin’

The school partnered with the San Carlos Children’s Theater for a lively spoof of the Old West.

The San Carlos Children’s Theater and Roy Cloud students and Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) have once again joined forces to present the Western musical “Wagon Wheels a-Rollin” Friday, April 20, at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, April 21, at 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. at the McKinley Theater at 400 Duane St., Redwood City.

More than 35 students, who have been working on the production since January, will showcase their acting, dancing and singing skills in this fast-paced spoof of the Old West that’s filled with a goofy stable of hilarious characters.  The hysterical Western musical tells the story of Chuck Wagon's wagon train, stranded in the notorious Whistling Skull Rock outside the tiny town of Vinegar Bottle, famed for its "I'm O.K. You're O.K. Corral" and crawling with villains and bandits.

The annual spring production is a unique partnership between the SCCT and Roy Cloud school, where kindergartners through 8th graders learn about all aspects of theater production and creative expression while promoting self-awareness, dedication and appreciation for the theater arts. 

“Theater builds so many important life skills such as collaboration, team work, focus, talking and listening, confidence, and creativity,” said Eron Block, artistic director for the San Carlos Children’s Theater.  “It's also not so much about the product, but it's more about the process or adventure along the path that is the real boon or fruit.”

 “I’ve learned I can do much more than I thought I could with singing and dancing,” said Levi Vigdorchik, 12.

“At school, I’m just that quiet girl,” said Samantha Borthwick, 10. “But on stage, I can bring out my inner self.”

Hayley Chavez-Rosel, a 12-year-old 7th grader, loves performing on stage and getting more experience: “I love being part of a team, learning more about myself and all about theater, but I mostly love bringing my character to life to entertain the audience.”

Parents also pitch in countless hours to the cover all the endless details involved in a theater production, including selling tickets, making costumes, designing and building sets, doing hair and make up, producing and selling refreshments, writing publicity, and chaperoning rehearsals.

“The Roy Cloud community is very strong,” said Kay Newby, a Roy Cloud parent and the show’s producer.  “We take pride in the contributions, teamwork and synergy of our school's families.  This show is one example of how we all pull together to provide a well-rounded education for our children and an opportunity to build self-esteem by performing in front of an audience -- all while having fun.”

“Wagon Wheels a-Rollin’” will be performed on Friday and Saturday. Tickets can be purchased online at http://roycloudwagonwheels.eventbrite.com or at the door.  Kids who come dressed in Western wear will receive a special treat at the concession stand.

The San Carlos Children’s Theater is passionate about partnering with school communities to offer the performing arts to existing curriculum to allow for more growth and development for each student. The children’s theater first partnered with Roy Cloud School four years ago, and next year will have brought its unique partnership to more than six schools. 

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